Plug-and-play tachograph data transfer for new VDO DLD Wide Range II

The new VDO DLD Wide Range II from Continental aims to give fleet operators direct access to a web-based service for the wireless transfer of data from digital tachograph (DTCO) and from driver cards. 

Described as OEM-quality, the device can be installed in a few minutes, according to VDO, with a plug-and-play cable and it can be deployed immediately with an integrated SIM card for mobile communication. 

The hardware has telematics functions built-in, including position recording and vehicle diagnostics via CAN or other inputs. 

Customers also get online access to their data without requiring the installation of applications locally. 

Continental says that coaches on trips across Europe can now download via the DLD Wide Range II making data management much easier and with the added security that the company is complying with all statutory archiving deadlines. Data is downloaded automatically by GPRS while the vehicle is out on the road, and the company card stays in the office.

The new DLD II unit has a 512Mb storage capacity and additional CAN interfaces, digital inputs and outputs, and is ready for further telematics functions that will become available in the future, such as the analysis of driver availability and vehicle diagnostic information.

The system is also compatible with the wi-fi-based DLD Short Range II, which downloads data from vehicles when they return to the depot, meaning that companies can switch to the wireless version where required, or equip individual vehicles in mixed fleets with the right device for long-range and short-range transport jobs. 

“DLD WR II augments our fine-tuned family of digital tachographs and telematics applications with front end, back-end and apps,” says Lutz Scholten, Continental head of tachographs, telematics and services. “Fleet operators can now manage their fleets more efficiently.”